Fishing Reports & Prospects

Fishing success varies with the experience of the angler, gear, method, weather, and a hundred other variables. We hope the information found here will help anglers make informed decisions and improve success rates.

Our biologists sample fish populations, creel surveys, and other fisheries research on 138 Missouri bodies of water every year. From April to September, we also report weekly on the conditions of most of these lakes, rivers and trout parks.

If a particular body of water is not mentioned, do not assume it detracts from that body. There are far too many bodies of water in Missouri for our biologists to survey each of them. Ultimately the test of any lake or stream is to fish it.

Based on Weekly Reports & Annual Surveys

Water Surface Temp

84º

Water Level (Range)

normal
Black Bass

Prospect

Good
Catfish

Prospect

Good
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Atkinson Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

660-885-6981
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

2/22/13 Prospect Report: Blue River

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Crappie
Blue River

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/17 Prospect Report: Blue Springs Lake

Best Bets

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper; Whiterock Bass)
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
White Crappie
Black Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Common Carp
Walleye
Blue Springs Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/16 Prospect Report: Bushwhacker Lake

Best Bets

Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Bushwhacker Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Edwin A. Pape Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Edwin A. Pape Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/30/14 Prospect Report: Farrington Park Lake

Best Bets

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Redear Sunfish
Bluegill
Farrington Park Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/28/16 Prospect Report: Harmony Mission Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Harmony Mission Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

9/22/17 Prospect Report: Hazel Hill Lake

Best Bets

Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Hazel Hill Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900
Based on Annual Survey. Weekly reporting not available.

10/27/17 Prospect Report: Higginsville City Lake

Best Bets

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Higginsville City Lake

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

Water Surface Temp

78º

Water Level (Range)

low
Largemouth Bass

Prospect

Fair
Bluegill

Prospect

Good
Redear Sunfish

Prospect

Slow
Channel Catfish

Prospect

Fair
Crappie

Prospect

Fair
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Region

Kansas City

Information

816-622-0900

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The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.

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So you've acquired some fishing gear, learned how to cast and studied your quarry. Now it's time to arm your fishing pole for action.